Predicting Success: Evidence-Based Strategies to Hire the Right People and Build the Best Team

Book description

Make the right hires every time, with an analytical approach to talent

Predicting Success is a practical guide to finding the perfect member for your team. By applying the principles and tools of human analytics to the workplace, you'll avoid bad culture fits, mismatched skillsets, entitled workers, and other hiring missteps that drain the team of productivity and morale. This book provides guidance toward implementing tools like the Predictive Index®, behavior analytics, hiring assessments, and other practical resources to build your best team and achieve the best outcomes. Written by a human analytics specialist who applies these principles daily, this book is the manager's guide to aligning people with business strategy to find the exact person your team is missing.

An avalanche of research describes an evolving business landscape that will soon be populated by workers in jobs that don't fit. This is bad news for both the workers and the companies, as bad hires affect outcomes on the individual and organizational level, and can potentially hinder progress long after the situation has been rectified. Predicting Success is a guide to avoiding that by integrating analytical tools into the hiring process from the start.

  • Hire without the worry of mismatched expectations

  • Apply practical analytics tools to the hiring process

  • Build the right team and avoid disconnected or dissatisfied workers

  • Stop seeing candidates as "chances," and start seeing them as opportunities

  • Analytics has proved to be integral in the finance, tech, marketing, and banking industries, but when applied to talent acquisition, it can build the team that takes the company to the next level. If the future will be full of unhappy workers in underperforming companies, getting out from under that weight ahead of time would confer a major advantage. Predicting Success provides evidence-based strategies that help you find precisely the talent you need.

    Table of contents

    1. Praise for Predicting Success
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright
    4. Dedication
    5. Chapter 1: How to Start
      1. The Blame Game
      2. The Office Paradigm, Revised
      3. The Awakening
      4. The Cost of a Bad Hire
      5. Why Things Fail
      6. Group Therapy
    6. Chapter 2: How to Break Analysis Paralysis
    7. Chapter 3: How to Lead
      1. Allowing the Employees to Be the Best Versions of Themselves
      2. Third-Box Thinking
      3. Measure It, Then Do It
      4. Using Behavior Analytics to Produce a Better Leader
      5. What Is Predictive Index® (PI®)?
      6. Effective Feedback Is a Second Paycheck
      7. Do as I Do
      8. Everyone's a Leader
      9. Cultivating Principals
      10. National Telcom Company Example
      11. More Than Money
      12. Self-Development Rules
      13. Listening to the Results
      14. The Leader as Introvert
      15. Using Workforce Analytics to Find Your Next Leader
    8. Chapter 4: How to Follow
      1. What the Birds Know
      2. Following Types: People Styles Meet the Facebook Crowd
      3. The Hierarchy-Free Ideal
      4. Better Together
      5. Building Smarter Teams
      6. Putting Teams to the Test
      7. Talk About It
    9. Chapter 5: How to Decide
      1. Timing Is Everything
      2. Facing the Unknowns
      3. Brain Science's Decision-Making Play
      4. Instinct Favors Intricacy
      5. Decision-Making, Deconstructed
      6. Evidence Beats Opinion
      7. Decision-Making Tactics
      8. Making a Decision with Every Tool Engaged
      9. Decision by Job Interview: Insufficient
      10. Why Cognition Matters
      11. PLI®: For More Than Hiring
    10. Chapter 6: How to Persuade
      1. The Role of the Subconscious
      2. Speaking from the Corps
      3. Emulating Emo
      4. The Stanford Prison Experiment
      5. Asking for More
      6. The Forbes List
    11. Chapter 7: How to Communicate
      1. Communication Rules
      2. Do Unto Others
      3. Case Study: Communication at Stanley Manufacturing, Toronto, Canada
      4. Simplicity above All
      5. Body Language Speaks Volumes
      6. Communicating with Your Ears
      7. Building Trust through Communication
      8. Communication Tactics
      9. Communications Leader, Lead Thyself
      10. Barriers to Communication
      11. Communication Tips
    12. Chapter 8: How to Assess
      1. Case Study: The Big Brothers Big Sisters® Organization
      2. The Science of Human Resources
      3. United States Government (EEOC) “Rules of the Road” for Using Testing
      4. Behavioral Assessments
      5. Putting Behavior Analysis on Ice
      6. Selling Apple Pie to Americans
      7. Motivation and Human Behavior
      8. Asking Questions: Behavioral Surveys
      9. Business Applications of Behavioral Science
      10. Behavioral Assessments in Reverse
      11. An Assessment of Behavioral Assessments
      12. Picking a Behavioral Assessment Approach
      13. The Productivity Ambition Matrix
    13. Chapter 9: How to Engage
      1. The Engagement Anxiety
      2. Defining the Engaged Employee
      3. Why Is Engagement Important?
      4. Employee Engagement: A How-To
      5. The Role Behavior Analyses Have to Play
      6. Share the Wealth
      7. The Microsoft Example
      8. Employee Engagement in Down Times
    14. Chapter 10: How to Resolve
      1. The Cost of Conflict
      2. Conflict Is “Good”
      3. The Psychology of Conflict
      4. Laughter's Long Legacy
      5. Think About It
      6. The Predictive Index®, Explained
      7. The ISAT™/SSAT™, Revealed
      8. On-Ice Application
      9. The Predictive Index® and the Social Profit World
      10. Transitioning from Boredom to the Top
      11. Leadership Development and Deconflicting
      12. Conflict 101
      13. Stories of Success
      14. Making the Perfect Pick
    15. Conclusion: How to Finish
      1. Intergenerational Management
      2. Identifying Your Pink Dolphins
      3. EQ: The Missing Link in Employee Testing
      4. Necessary Endings
    16. Index
    17. End User License Agreement

    Product information

    • Title: Predicting Success: Evidence-Based Strategies to Hire the Right People and Build the Best Team
    • Author(s): David Lahey
    • Release date: October 2014
    • Publisher(s): Wiley
    • ISBN: 9781118985977